The Spur Corporation commits to using only cage-free hens by 2025


A win for CAAWO

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“This is a great victory for laying hens in South Africa,”


says Coalition of African Animal Welfare Organisation (CAAWO) Program Director, Mandla Gqamlana.

“After nearly three years of negotiations, the Spur Corporation – one of the biggest food companies in South Africa, including brands such as Hussar Grill, RocoMamas, Panarottis Pizza and others – has agreed to go cage-free by 2025.”

“CAAWO and our partners coordinated talks with Spur to voice our concerns about hen welfare and to ask for better welfare management for the chickens that supply the Spur Group with eggs,”


says Gqamlana.

“Thanks to this landmark agreement, the Spur Corporation will now spare millions of chickens the horror of being confined, unable to spread their wings and express normal behaviour.”


CAAWO works to improve the lives of animals and humans by engaging and collaborating on issues of animal and human welfare with a network of communities, groups, corporations, government and other stakeholders. The organisation advocates and lobbies for better laws relating to animals, and works to keep national animal welfare legislation updated. 

“It is not always easy to enact significant change, but we believe it is important that companies act when it is the ethical and right thing to do,”


says Gqamlana.

“The Spur Corporation’s commitment to using only cage-free eggs by 2025 must be commended. It is a significant step towards improving the lives of millions of hens,”


he says. 

“Encouraging their farmers to farm in a manner that is good for their animals and farm workers, ultimately benefits their customers with a healthier product. This agreement demonstrates the Spurs’ commitment to the health, care and welfare of animals raised for food. We hope that other corporates will follow suit by taking a responsible approach to the sourcing of their eggs,”


says Gqamlana.

Gqamlana says,

“CAAWO will continue its effort in engaging with different stakeholders, including the government, South African Poultry Association, retailers, farmers and other stakeholders to highlight the plight of chickens and call for better welfare management to be put in place by 2025.”



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